Necklace - Chief's Raven Rattle (Sterling Silver)
Artist: Harold Alfred
Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations artist Harold Alfred hand carved this incredible Chief's Raven Rattle necklace. This piece is carved from sterling silver and accented with pearl and amber coloured beads.
Along with drums, rattles are the predominant percussive instrument used in shamanistic and ceremonial contexts. Rattles appear in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are often finely carved or painted. Representations of rattles sometimes appear in the art, particularly in the grasp of shamans, chiefs, and dancers.
A Raven rattle - carved in the shape of a bird - generally indicates a chiefly or high-ranking figure. Traditionally, rattles and their noises may contain magic. The sound of rattles is used to calm and tame wild dancers in some ceremonial performances.
Measurements: Pendant - 3 1/2" x 2"
Chain Measurements - 14" with Pendant 18"